Joshua Rutter// Artist presentation // Performance Habitual Flux
Performance: Habitual Flux
September 9, 2016, 7.30 p.m.
Choreographer: Joshua Rutter
Performers: Joshua Rutter & Oliver Connew
We have been developing a way of working that is somewhere between rehearsal and performance, with a focus on locating or acquiring habits and desires, an interest in training, and a commitment to the agency of objects and spaces. In some ways we’re just messing around, in other ways our activities are highly structured. The idea for this showing was that it is a moment in the ongoing development of the dynamic situation we are accumulating together. As such, we were testing a certain format in the presence of an audience, to see what it produces. I won’t explain what that format was but we were testing ourselves under their gaze, to see how we behaved under the pressure of their presence. Having an audience changes how we perceive what we are doing. Maybe just by being there, the audience members effected our future activities.
September 10, 2016, 7 p.m., free entrance
Joshua Rutter is a New Zealand artist living in Berlin, Germany. Coming from a movement and dance background, his work tends to linger around the choreographic aspects of culture. He has worked with a number of NZ and international artists over the last 15 years, and recently completed his Master’s studies in Solo Dance Authorship (SODA) at the Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz (HZT) Berlin. This study was made possible with a stipend from the DAAD. He has performed his own work in Germany, Sweden, and New Zealand, most notably “Dance Like a Butterfly Dream Boy”, a documentary about which can be seen here: https://vimeo.com/106166822
Oliver Connew is a choreographer and a dancer. He is a graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance, majoring in classical ballet, and has a bachelors degree in contemporary dance from Unitec University of Technology, NZ. An equally significant component of his dance education was his participation in the SMASH Berlin programmes in 2013 and 2014 with Peter Pleyer and Maria F. Scaroni among others. Most recently, Oliver performed in Julian Weber's „Constructing Ruins: The Tourist” at the Working Title Festival in Brussels. Presently, he continues his work with Julian Weber in „All Inclusive” and later this year begins a new project with choreographer Peter Pleyer in Poland. Currently Oliver is directing and performing in a dance film called "Still Looking Good". Oliver lives in Berlin.